So I found some Sterling silverware, marked .925, some just says Sterling Silver. Really beat up, plain design, probably Zero for collectable value. This is what I think I know so far from doing a little research. 1)When weighing each piece, you have to convert your Oz. into troy ounces. 2)knife handles can be hollow, have fillers, and sometimes the blade can be stainless. 3)A spoon averages 1 oz in weight? Is this right, and forks are heavier? 4)Some items like candle sticks and such can be weighted with plaster or cement. So what I looking for is things to make sure I have what I think I have... Lets say I have 20 pieces of Sterling Silverware. None of them are knives. Just spoons and forks, all marked either .925 or Sterling Silver. I used a online melt value calculator assuming each piece weighed (lets just round it out at 1 oz. each), the online calculator says the melt value after taking the copper out is worth $550? That is with a spot price for silver at $32.62. 20 oz of .925 coming out to 16.860900 Troy Ounces of .999 Fine Silver. $550 for 20 pieces of junk Sterling Silverware? Is that correct or am I wrong with calculating this. If anyone can help educate me in this I would really appreciate it, things to look for or watch out for, and any info at all. I just don't want to assume anything and go out and buy some and pay more than its worth because I made a assumption mistake. Also, what about silver plated table ware items, like plates and such, is there enough silver on them to make them worth buying and scraping? Thanks for any info.